Running Shoes: Ratings of Sources
Total of 31 Sources
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Summer 2011 Running Shoe Guide
by Sean Downey, Warren Greene, Martyn Shorten
Our AssessmentIn the June 2011 issue of Runner's World, editors review 20 new running shoes, three of which are singled out as top performers. The Brooks Ravenna 2 earns the Editor's Choice award, while the K-Swiss Kwicky Blade-Light and Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 2 are selected for the Best Debut award and the Best Buy award, respectively.
Spring 2011 Running Shoe Guide
by Warren Greene, Martyn Shorten
Our AssessmentRunner's World consistently provides the most complete and credible reviews of running shoes. In a recent annual roundup, Warren Greene and Martyn Shorten select 21 shoes for evaluation. Of those, two are chosen as the coveted Editor's Choice: the Nike Zoom Structure+ 14 and Brooks Defyance 4. The Nike LunarElite+ 2 earns praise as the Best Update. For each shoe, editors provide brief remarks and testers offer a short commentary. All featured pairs receive generally positive feedback.
Running Shoes Reviews
by Editors of Ransacker.co.uk
Our AssessmentThe U.K.-based site Ransacker provides a stellar database of running-shoe reviews. Each shoe is given a percentage rating and placed in one of five categories: stability shoes, neutral shoes, racing shoes, trail shoes or gym shoes. The site provides lists of the top-10 shoes in each category based on the percentage rating assigned by the editor. The actual reviews of each shoe vary in quality: Some are more detailed than others, but they do provide essential information to help a buyer determine the proper shoe.
Winter 2010 Running Shoe Guide
by Warren Greene, Martyn Shorten
Our AssessmentIn the December 2010 issue of Runner's World, Warren Greene and Martyn Shorten review 15 newly released running shoes. Of these, three are selected as top performers. The Asics GT-2160 is selected as the Editor's Choice. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11 is chosen as Best Update, while the Nike LunarEclipse+ earns Best Debut. Runner's World consistently provides the most reliable reviews of running shoes.
Spring/Summer Shoe Guide 2011
by Kerry McCarthy, Andy Dixon, Ruth Emmett
Our AssessmentThe U.K. edition of Runner's World features an online guide to the newest running shoes. Editors select 32 styles, and provide a detailed review and technical information for each. Shoes are tested by real-world runners and two running teams, and divided into four categories: neutral cushioned, stability, motion control and performance. Readers are also invited to provide their own reviews, then the 32 shoes are scored by both readers and editors on a 5-star scale. Of all models, only the Adidas adiZero Mana 5, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11 and the Brooks Ravenna 2 earn a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.
Spring 2011 Training Shoe Reviews
by Editors of Running Times
Our AssessmentAs with all Running Times magazine shoe reviews, editors provide well-researched, transparent reviews of many of the newest, most interesting running shoes. Editors don't designate favorites or rate shoes as a policy, instead saying that there are too many personal factors that go into finding the right shoe. Here, nine new training shoes and several trail shoes are reviewed.
Shape's Shoe Guide 2011: Find the Best Athletic Shoes
by Sarah Bowen Shea
Our AssessmentThirteen shoes are reviewed in Shape magazine's most recent annual guide to women's athletic shoes. Models are selected based on a variety of categories, such as Best Walking Shoes and Best Shoes for Fitness Classes. Here, five running shoes are chosen as the favorite in the following categories: Best Running Shoes for Cushioning, Best Running Shoes for Stability, Best Running Shoes for Speed, Best Running Shoes for Distance and simply Best Running Shoes. The Adidas adiZero Aegis 2 takes the prize for overall best running shoe; reviewers say it provides stability and comfort.
The Best Women's Running and Athletic Shoes 2010
Our AssessmentIn this best-of roundup, Shape magazine editors and testers try 37 newly released athletic and running shoes. Thirteen receive good enough feedback to be included in this article. Like all Shape magazine reviews, shoes are selected in a variety of categories (like Best Shoes for Fitness Classes). Three running shoes are chosen -- one for speed, one for distance and one for cushioning.
The Best Women's Running and Fitness Shoes
by Sarah Bowen Shea
Our AssessmentShape magazine has more than 275 women test a variety of running, walking and training shoes for this 2010 guide. Nine models are selected as winners in different categories ranging from Best Shoes for Fitness Classes to Best Shoes for Mixed Terrain. Four running shoes and one designated walking shoe are chosen for categories including Best Running Shoes for Overpronators and Best Running Shoes for Distance Runners.
2010 Fall Running Shoe Review
by Adam Chase
Our AssessmentAs with earlier running-shoe reviews from Competitor.com, this site features one-off reviews of several new, top-selling models. Each shoe receives a brief description and appears to have been tested by runners. Unfortunately, shoes aren't rated, making it difficult to compare one shoe to the next.
Spring 2011 Sneaker Guide: The Best Running Shoes
by Lindsey Emery
Our AssessmentIn this Spring 2011 guide to the best women's running shoes, Fitness magazine editors select eight (four winners and four runners-up) as testers' top picks. Shoes are divided into four categories: the best running shoes for mild stability, flat feet, high arches and trail running. Each selected shoe appears to have been road-tested. Unfortunately, it's unclear how many testers try each shoe and how many shoes in total are tested.
Road Running Shoes
by Editors and Writers of ActiveGearReview.com
Our AssessmentActiveGearReview.com provides more than 100 reviews of popular road-running shoes. Reviews are relatively brief and it's unclear how the shoes are tested. Still, the site does provide valuable information on some of the newer, top-rated styles. Since there's no rating system, this site is most helpful for finding information about a specific model of shoe.
Runblogger's Top Running Shoes of 2010
by Pete Larson
Our AssessmentRunBlogger.com offers a good database of running-shoe reviews. Here, reviewer Pete Larson details his favorite running shoes of 2010. The Saucony Kinvara wins out as the overall pick (though it has now been replaced with the newer Saucony Kinvara 2). This shoe is more minimalist than many other traditional running shoes, but doesn't fit squarely into the minimalist category. Larson's three favorite shoes link to a more in-depth review of each, all of which are balanced and detailed.
Posts on Running Shoes
by Pete Larson
Our AssessmentSelf-professed "running-shoe addict" Pete Larson posts detailed reviews and commentary of more than 40 models on RunBlogger.com. For the shoes that are wear-tested (not all of them are), Larson offers detailed, balanced and fair reviews. He also provides useful posts on what to look for in a running shoe and why certain factors -- like footstrike -- matter when finding the appropriate shoe. Unfortunately, this site doesn't use a rating system, making it difficult to quickly compare one shoe to another. Still, it's very helpful for those looking for information on a specific shoe.
Best New Running Sneakers
by Editors of Self
Our AssessmentSelf magazine editors select eight new models for their February roundup of the best new running sneakers. Popular favorites such as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11, the New Balance 890 and the Mizuno Wave Elixir 6 make the cut. Unfortunately, the review of each shoe is incredibly brief, providing virtually no information. Plus, there's no clue as to how each is tested or how many total models are reviewed.
Shoe Guide 2011
by Editors of Men's Fitness
Our AssessmentEditors of Men's Fitness choose nine running shoes for the magazine's 2011 shoe guide. Shoes are selected to address a variety of needs, ranging from speed to cushioning to agility. Unfortunately, there's little information provided about each shoe, plus it's unclear how each is tested and how many shoes are tested overall.
The WH Shoe Finder
by Editors of Women's Health
Our AssessmentA dozen running shoes are selected by the editors of Women's Health for their Shoe Finder Shopping Guide. Popular picks such as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11 and the New Balance 890 make the cut, and each choice includes a brief description about why the shoe is unique. However, the editors don't provide any information on how the shoes are tested or by which criteria they're selected.
Spring 2011 Shoe Review
by Jessica Sebor
Our AssessmentSixteen wear-tested winners are picked in this Spring 2011 shoe review from Women's Running Magazine with the help of several runners. The article features a brief description of the benefits of each shoe and tester comments. Models are selected as editors' and readers' choices, as well as to fit a variety of needs ranging from stability to speed to value.
Health Gear Awards 2011: The Best Fitness Products of the Year
by Rozalynn S. Frazier, Tiffany Melanis
Our AssessmentIn this annual roundup of the best fitness gear, editors of Health magazine select the K-Swiss Kwicky Blade-Light as the top running shoe. Judges say the shoe is "super-light plus super-supportive." It's unclear how many other shoes are considered in the selection process. The guide also provides picks for walking, trail and cross-training shoes.
Summer Buyer's Guide
by Editors of Outside
Our AssessmentIn Outside magazine's 2011 Summer Buyer's Guide, editors select eight models as the top picks for road-running shoes. The New Balance 890 earns the highest accolades. Unfortunately, the site offers no details as to why these shoes are awarded such high marks or how each is tested.
Spring 2010 Running Shoe Guide
by Warren Greene, Martyn Shorten
Our AssessmentRunner's World magazine editors provide the most useful and credible reviews of the latest running shoes. Here, 27 new models are evaluated by hundreds of testers. Shoes aren't ranked but models are grouped according to type, and editors select four shoes for special praise. The Brooks Glycerin 8 wins the coveted Editor's Choice award, and running shoes from Nike and Mizuno earn Best Update honors. The Mizuno Wave Nexus 4 is selected as a Best Buy. Surprisingly, no motion-control shoes are covered in this review.
Winter 2009 Running Shoe Guide
by Warren Greene, Martyn Shorten
Our AssessmentThough it's slightly older, the Winter 2009 running-shoe reviews from Runner's World magazine are still worth checking out. Fifteen models undergo evaluation by 350 wear-testers around the country as well as hands-on lab tests. The Asics GT 2150, a stability running shoe, earns the Editor's Choice award. Most of the recommended running shoes from the Fall 2009 running-shoe guide are due to be replaced by newer versions, but the popular Nike LunarGlide+ is still available.
2010 Spring Shoe Review
by Cregg Weinmann
Our AssessmentRunningNetwork.com, a website devoted to running news and resources, tests a variety of running shoes using an unspecified number of wear-testers. Each shoe receives a detailed write-up complete with tester comments and a recommendation for specific types of runners. Several awards are given, including for Best Shoe and Best Value. An older report from fall 2009 is also useful and includes many current running shoes.
Spring 2010 Shoe Guide
by David Spetnagel, Brian Metzler
Our AssessmentRunning Times magazine editors review more than 30 new running shoes. While their reviews are detailed, their methodology isn't explained. They don't compare, rank or rate models, or select any shoes as the best. In an earlier article, Brian Metzler explains why Running Times doesn't give awards for the best running shoe of the year: "Everyone has vastly different needs and preferences based on their gait, body type and style of running, so picking one shoe out of a bunch of potentially good shoes is misleading," he writes.
Running Shoes Reviews by Brand
by Editors of RunningShoesGuru.com
Our AssessmentRunningShoesGuru.com offers more than 60 reviews of running shoes. Unfortunately, many are discontinued or have been replaced by newer models. In addition, the quality of reviews varies, and their length and detail is inconsistent. For some it's clear the writer thoroughly tested the shoe, but for others it's iffy. There are some "best-of" roundups that can help narrow the options based on what a consumer is looking for in a shoe, but these were compiled in 2009 and are largely out of date.
2010 Spring Running Shoe Review
by Editors of Competitor.com
Our AssessmentCompetitor Group, the organizer of the popular Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series, reviews running shoes on its website, Competitor.com. The site uses wear-testers to evaluate running shoes, but there are no details on how the shoes are assessed and no overall ratings are given. Still, the reviews are a useful cross-reference for other professional recommendations.
Sports and Outdoors
by Editors of Wired
Our AssessmentWired editors review outdoor gear on occasion but very rarely test running shoes. Recently, editors have focused on minimalist shoes and demonstrated a fascination with barefoot running, so there are a handful of reviews on these types of shoes. As for traditional running shoes, editors have tested just one in the past year -- the Somnio Runaissance -- and it earns a rating of 8 out of 10. Wired's reviews are nicely detailed and include pros and cons; unfortunately, there aren't very many of them.
Road Running Shoes Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com offers an extensive collection of owner-written reviews of running shoes, with some models attracting hundreds of comments each. However, many of the running shoes garnering the most feedback have already been replaced by newer models. Currently available running shoes have fewer reviews right now, but the Nike LunarGlide+ and Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10 receive high ratings.
Men's Shoes: Running
by Contributors to RoadRunnerSports.com
Our AssessmentRoadRunnerSports.com is an online retailer of running shoes and apparel, and they have a good number of customer reviews on their website. These comments are also listed at Buzzillions.com.
by Contributors to Zappos.com
Our AssessmentMany running shoes have a substantial number of reviews at Zappos.com, but the site doesn't make it easy to find the models with the best ratings. Individual running-shoe styles are rated and the shoes can be sorted by overall customer rating (men's and women's). User reviews lack detail, but overall, this is a good source to check if you already have a shoe in mind.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells a wide range of running shoes, and some models receive a couple dozen reviews from owners. However, most of the top-rated shoes here have been replaced by newer versions. The latest models attract far fewer reviews.